I was talking with my Dad on the phone the other day, and we were reminiscing about when we first moved to Arizona. Like something from a Chevy Chase movie, Dad, Mom, Grandma, six kids and our dog, all in a wood paneled station wagon as we made our way out west. Our family travelled across the country and we made it to Arizona on my ninth birthday. Dad and I both remembered how Mom made him pull over when we saw the “Welcome to Arizona” sign, so she could take a picture.
Talking with Dad, it felt like it was only yesterday, but that’s the funny thing about getting older. Time seems to move faster and faster. Here we are in 2015 and I am definitely not nine years old anymore.
Just for fun I decided to spend a few minutes looking back at 1973. Not only did my family come to Arizona, but there were also quite a few other interesting and fond memories from that year.
In 1973, a ceasefire was signed, ending involvement of American ground troops in the Vietnam War.
In 1973, Spiro T. Agnew resigned as Vice President and President Nixon emphatically told Americans, “ I'm not a crook".
In 1973, Billie Jean King won at Wimbleton.
In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown
In 1973, the Best Picture Oscar was awarded to The Godfather.
In 1973, Skylab, the first American space station, was launched into orbit.
In 1973, US Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade
In 1973, we heard for the first time, "Have it your way" at Burger King.
My husband will be especially interested to know that in 1973, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was invented.
And in 1973, we sat in front of the TV to watch:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. The Waltons (CBS)
3. Sanford and Son (NBC)
4. M*A*S*H (CBS)
5. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
6. Maude (CBS)
7. Kojak (CBS)
8. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (CBS)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
10. Cannon (CBS)
If you are old enough to remember these events, then you will probably agree with me that it feels like only yesterday.